Kenneth Williams: An Audience With Kenneth Williams [DVD]
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The late Kenneth Williams entertains an audience of celebrities live in this recording from 1982. Kenneth recalls his work in radio with the likes of Kenneth Horne and Tony Hancock, his theatrical ventures (he worked at various times with Orson Welles, Ingrid Bergman and Dame Maggie Smith) and the infamous 'Carry On' films. Those asking the questions include Gordon Jackson, Judith Chalmers and Matthew Kelly.
By the time he recorded An Audience with Kenneth Williams in 1982, the comic actor had virtually given up the stage and screen and was well into his late career as a raconteur. As a potted hour of autobiography, it's a slick, polished affair. Fans will be familiar with the anecdotes about Noel Coward and piles, Edith Evans and the farting waiter and of course, the Carry On films. But perhaps the most notable thing is that while his posthumously published diaries revealed a dark and bitter melancholia, often aimed viciously at others, he was a very generous performer. These are mainly tales about other people; Williams rarely puts himself centre stage other than in his masterly telling. And there is real warmth in his reminiscences of people like Maggie Smith, Gordon Jackson and Hattie Jacques.
He was also a highly intelligent commentator on his craft. "Revue produces an eccentric, very stylised performer," he explains, talking about Smith and Fenella Fielding but clearly including himself. Although many of the stars in the audience are long since gone it's somehow reassuring to note that still, more than 20 years later, no televised evening with a celebrity is complete without Judith Chalmers and Matthew Kelly.--Piers Ford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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He also has some personal stories about some of the greats of film and theatre, including Richard Burton, Orson Welles, Judy Garland and Maggie Smith.
Among the celebrities in the audience is, Matthew Kelly, Michael Parkinson, Judith Chalmers, William Roache, and many many more.
This is recommended very highly as it is amazingly good value, both the sound and picture are quite superb, and of course this is Kenneth at his very best - stop messing about!
Buy this and lose yourself in unadulterated mirth and reminiscences and enjoy, again and again, Kenneth Williams at his very best.
Among the songs he also sings in the show are the great ones from his Round The Horne radio days, the Rambling Syd Rumpo numbers, he also recounts his days on that show as part of the camp duo of Julian & Sandy. Not to mention his tales of working with Tony Hancock, Orson Welles, Richard Burton and of course the stars of the great Carry On movies.
The whole show was a wonderful example of one of the all time funnymen and not once does it fail to amuse, recommended with top marks and endless laughs!
This dvd is a wonderful reminder of a talent sadly missed but never forgotten.
Really enjoyed this and watched it lots of times already, and a bargain price to boot.
Oh and needless to say, I absolutely love this and it will be watched many times... unlike most present-day "comedies" or "comedians". A huge Thank You for the intelligent person who decided that this program should be preserved into DVD.
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Delighted - this was to replace my VHS copy now and was at a great price.Published 18 months ago by Raymond Berry
HE KEEPS HIS AUDIECNE IN STITCHES AND ME AS WELL.
iT'S A DVDYOU CAN WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN.